Over the holidays people tend to drink alcohol a bit more freely. The police are well aware of this upswing in drunk driving incidences and often set up checkpoints or saturation points to stop DUI offenders in their tracks. In Hartford County, these checkpoints are being credited with 4 arrests over a 2 day period.
Checkpoints are set up in random areas across the state where law enforcement agencies come together to prevent drunk driving tragedies. State Troopers and local police often work together to make operations like this run as smoothly as possible.
According to the Baltimore Sun, a two day saturation patrol ended in more than 100 warnings and citations in addition to the 4 DUI arrests. They also state two arrests were made unrelated to driving while intoxicated.
With holiday parties, football, and friendly gatherings drinking seems to be more common at this time of year. Unfortunately, it seems that there is always a holiday drunk driving tragedy in the news, where an accident claims the life of someone who was traveling home for the holidays or shopping for those last few gifts.
Police and other organizations seek to minimize the occurrences of these Christmastime tragedies by taking preventative measures like the saturation points. By randomly stopping vehicles, they aren’t only taking those drunk drivers off the road, but possibly deterring others from getting behind the wheel in the first place.
But it is certainly questionable whether these is an effective use of police resources, as opposed to regular patrols. A case can be made that stopping every car looking for possible drunk drivers means there are less patrols on the road watching for seriously impaired people weaving across the road.
Regardless, if you are stopped for DUI you are facing some serious consequences. For many people, a single DUI can be a life changing experience. For others, a second and third offense with stricter penalties seems to be the wakeup call required.
No matter how many times you have been before a judge for a DUI, it will still make you nervous and add stress to your life. If you are facing DUI charges in the state of Maryland, you need the assistance of an aggressive defense attorney.
Call me now to discuss the details of your case.
The mayor faced 5 charges, was acquitted on 3, deadlocked on one, and found guilty of the last. Facing sentencing for embezzlement, the Mayor’s continued service to the city is now in question.
Many in the community and in local city government believe the Mayor should step down or be forced to leave after being convicted of this misdemeanor charge. It’s not the amount of embezzlement they are concerned about but rather the loss of trust they now have towards Dixon.
The misdemeanor conviction was for using gift cards that were purchased by Developer Patrick Turner for the “children of Baltimore.” They were a charitable donation to the city but were used by Dixon to purchase things for herself and her aides, according to the Baltimore Sun report.
The investigation in this case dates back to March 2006 and involved raids on her home and interviews with people in the Mayor’s close circle. The company that donated the gift cards in question is owned by Dixon’s former boyfriend.
Her defense team argued that Dixon believed the cards were from her boyfriend at the time, Lipscomb, and when they arrived in an unmarked envelope she had no other indication that they weren’t intended for her usage. That argument ultimately failed.
Embezzlement is considered a fraud related white collar crime and is essentially theft from your employer. Because Dixon’s employer is the city of Baltimore and the people as well, it is unclear right now what will become of her job.
As for her sentence, Dixon could face time in prison, though this is not likely. More likely, because of her clean criminal record, Dixon will be sentenced to serve some sort of probation, whether supervised or not.
Being charged with theft or any white collar crime can be humiliating and this case just goes to show it can happen to just about anyone. If you are facing criminal charges in Maryland of this nature and need help, contact me immediately.